September 16, 2021

Fall planting of a Paw Paw tree
Fall planting of a Paw Paw tree

Planting in the fall

Fall is a great time to get your plants in the ground. Tree, shrubs are best planted in the fall.

Two cool seasons to establish

When you plant in the fall, the roots can establish into the native soil. This allows the plant to be ready for the hot summer temperatures.

Lower costs to buy plants

Nurseries don’t want to overwinter plants. It costs a lot and can have a lot of losses to have plants exposed in pots above ground. Lots of discounts on plants because of this.

Foggy woodland dingle
Foggy woodland dingle

Lower watering requirements

During the fall, the temperatures are lower and moisture more prevalent. Water from the soil doesn’t evaporate as fast. This combination helps the plants roots to spread out into the soil. Less work to establish the plants.

Wild senna (Senna hebecarpa) growing from seed planted in the fall
Wild senna (Senna hebecarpa) growing from seed planted in the fall

Prepare for seeding out your wildflowers

Native wildflowers in cooler climates require cold stratification. This is a process that prevents plants from growing immediately when the conditions may be well in the fall or summer. They have a period of dormancy. Preparing and seeding in late fall or winter will allow the seeds to go through their dormancy and cold stratification requirements.

Get out there and plant

Cash in on the fall closeout sales, lower temperatures, and get your plants in the ground.

A grove of Aspen Trees in Empire, CO
A grove of Aspen Trees in Empire, CO

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